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Secure Data - SSL Certificates Part 2

Purchasing an SSL Certificate

A typical Certificate Authority (and one widely used in the US) is www.godaddy.com. Through godaddy.com you can buy a standard SSL Certificate (which just verifies your domain exists) for as little as $14.99 per year depending on their current promotions. Or you can buy a higher level of SSL Certificate (with godaddy.com verifying your company information) for up to $499.99 per year, depending on the SSL Certificate required. You can also obtain a free 90-day SSL Certificate from www.instantssl.com, if you want to experiment with SSLs (you can, of course, renew your free SSL Certificate after the 90 days).

To show the process for buying and applying an SSL Certificate to your Web site, we’ll buy and set up a basic SSL Certificate from godaddy.com (the steps are very similar to all other Certificate Authorities). The process starts with choosing the certificate level and add-ons you want to buy:
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Secure Data - SSL Certificates Part 1

Secure Data - SSL Certificates

Keeping information secure on the Internet is not a trivial task.  The Internet was not designed to hide data: instead, data is sent with no protection at all from snooping.  With the development of the World Wide Web, and the growth of e-commerce, the need for protecting customer information, including personal data such as address, credit card numbers, and identity numbers became critical.  A number of techniques were developed, but one has become a standard for the Web: SSL.

When you connect to a web server from your browser, the connection is almost always without any protection at all.  However, most e-commerce sites have adopted SSL as a way of protecting both their customers and their own information.  You can tell when SSL is in use by the URL changing to “https” instead of “http” and the lock icon appearing on the browser window.  On newer browsers, the entire URL entry field turns green to show when an SSL connection is in place.

But what is SSL?  And, more importantly, how do you set up your own web server to use SSL?  That’s what we’ll look at here.
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Secure Programming Tips - Dangers of 3rd Party Controls

Week 7: Dangers of 3rd Party Controls

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Secure Programming Tips - Handling File Uploads

Week 6: Handling File Uploads

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Secure Programming Tips - Password Reset Requests

Week 5: Forgotten Password Requests

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